It shouldn’t come as a surprise that SoCal is renowned for sun, sand and surf. After all, who doesn’t like hanging out on the beach? The heart of surfer culture offers up a great number of beaches all along the Golden Coast. With so many different activities to choose from, it can be difficult to pick just one destination! So whether you want to catch some waves, explore underwater reefs or just relax and soak up some rays, these are the best spots in and around LA to dip your toe in the Pacific.
6. Venice Beach
If you want to go to the beach for sand and surf, avoid Venice Beach; people do not come to this beach to go to the beach! Venice Beach is more like a 3-ring circus, with tons of fun, food and games. The carnival-like atmosphere also makes it a great spot to people watch. Biking, walking and sightseeing are also popular activities. Be sure to get there early as parking lots fill up quickly.